Syphilis Hidden Beneath Powdered Wigs

A syphilis epidemic in the late 1500s in Europe left people with patchy hair loss. Other symptoms of the disease includes unsightly rashes and a bad odor. Powdered wigs scented with orange and lavender were worn to cover not only the sores and baldness, but the smell as well.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. There is evidence of humans making cheese dating back 7,500 years. 00:06

  2. Powdered wigs were first worn to cover up the balding, rash and odor associated with syphilis. 00:59

  3. Sideburns were named after the U.S. Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. 01:44

Written by Curiosity Staff July 9, 2015

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